CN1685360B - Adapter, memory card, and memory card module - Google Patents

Adapter, memory card, and memory card module Download PDF

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CN1685360B
CN1685360B CN 200380100036 CN200380100036A CN1685360B CN 1685360 B CN1685360 B CN 1685360B CN 200380100036 CN200380100036 CN 200380100036 CN 200380100036 A CN200380100036 A CN 200380100036A CN 1685360 B CN1685360 B CN 1685360B
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山田博之
矢野正义
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Abstract

An adapter to be attached to a memory card for changing an external shape such that it can be inserted into a memory card insertion section of specific type equipment is provided. The adapter includes: an adapter body for defining a space housing the memory card; a write protect mechanism including a write enable/disable setting member which is slidable with respect to the adapter body; and a terminal portion located in the adapter body, which is formed so as to be electrically connected to a terminal portion of the memory card when the memory card is housed in the adapter body, and in which the write protect mechanism sets whether to enable or disable writing of data into the memory card in accordance with the position of the write enable/disable setting member.

Description

Adapter, storage card and memory card module

Technical field

The present invention relates to: with the outer shape of storage card be converted to the outer shape in the storage card insertion section that can be inserted into particular machines adapter, constitute the storage card that can be accommodated in the adapter, and the memory card module that has storage card and adapter.

Background technology

Recently, developed the storage card of the small-sized light weight that is built-in with semiconductor memory.Storage card has various sizes, and for example, the SD storage card of exploitation is the size (for example, the spy with reference to the open communique of Japan's special permission opens the 2001-134730 communique) of stamp recently.

Figure 12 represents the formation of the storage card 400 of prior art.Storage card 400 for example is the SD storage card.

Storage card 400 comprises: memory card main body 41, contact terminal 42 and be included in the write protection mechanism write could setting member 50.

In memory card main body 41, in be equipped with and print circuit board and semiconductor memory.Semiconductor memory is arranged on to be printed on the wiring substrate.On the side of memory card main body 41, be formed with notch 43.Owing to be formed with notch 43, can prevent that storage card 400 is inserted in the storage card insertion section of particular machines by mistake.

On memory card main body 41, also be formed with protuberance 44, end difference 45, flank 46, recess 48 and notch 49.

Protuberance 44 width are narrower slightly than memory card main body 41, and thickness is thicker than it.End difference 45 is formed on the side of memory card main body 41 both sides.The thickness of end difference 45 is thickness D.End difference 45 forms on the end difference in the inside that is entrenched in the storage card insertion section that is formed at particular machines.When in the storage card insertion section that storage card 400 is inserted into particular machines, the end difference in the inside of the storage card insertion section by being formed at particular machines is guided end difference 45.On flank 46, be formed with a plurality of protuberances.

Recess 48 is formed on the side of a side of memory card main body 41, and forms on the protuberance in the inside that is entrenched in the storage card insertion section that is formed at particular machines.Because recess 48 is entrenched on this protuberance, prevent that storage card 400 breaks away from from the storage card insertion section of particular machines easily.

Notch 49 is formed on the side of a side of memory card main body 41.The side that is formed with notch 49 is relative side with the side that is formed with recess 48.

Write and to be entrenched in the notch 49 by setting member 50, sliding with respect to memory card main body 41.Write and to dispose in the mode of choosing one in the 1st position and the 2nd position wantonly by setting member 50.On the 1st position, write could setting member 50 a part cover the part of notch 49.On the 2nd position, write could setting member 50 a part cover another part of notch 49.Write protection mechanism according to write could setting member 50 the position set and can write data to semiconductor memory.Can write protection mechanism can mechanically set and write data to semiconductor memory according to writing position that could setting member 50.Write could setting member 50 the profile that forms with memory card main body 41 of profile roughly become one.

Be loaded in contact terminal 42 is configured on the printing wiring substrate in the memory card main body 41, be electrically connected on the semiconductor memory.Contact terminal 42 forms: when storage card 400 is inserted in the storage card insertion section of particular machines, be electrically connected on the portion of terminal of particular machines.Contact terminal 42 is from being exposed to the outside of storage card 400 between a plurality of protuberances that form at flank 46.

The high integrated densification of the semiconductor memory by in recent years realizes also becoming possibility than the also small-sized storage card of going back high power capacity and corresponding multifunction of the SD storage card of prior art.For example, realized than the SD storage card of the prior art mini SD storage card of miniaturization also.

When the storage card miniaturization, produced problem with the interchangeability of difform other storage card.In order to solve the problem of interchangeability, motion has various adapters (for example, the spy who speciallys permit open communique with reference to Japan opens the 2000-214970 communique, and the spy opens the 2001-297307 communique, and the spy opens the 2001-101356 communique).For example, the adapter that has is converted to the outer shape of storage card the outer shape in the storage card insertion section that can be inserted into the corresponding machine of SD storage card of prior art.

Owing on the side of the SD of prior art storage card, have write protection mechanism, so on the side of the mini memory card module that includes mini SD storage card and adapter, also be necessary to have write protection mechanism.But because mini SD storage card is slim, area also is necessary to dwindle, so can not have write protection mechanism on the mini SD card.Have at adapter under the situation of write protection mechanism, the shape that is received into the storage card in the adapter main body has also been produced restriction.

The purpose of this invention is to provide: electrically do not set can to storage card write data and can change the outer shape of storage card adapter, constitute and can be received into the storage card in the adapter and have adapter and the memory card module of storage card.

Summary of the invention

Adapter of the present invention; it is the adapter that the outer shape of storage card is converted to the outer shape in the storage card insertion section that can be inserted into particular machine; have: the adapter main body in the space of said memory card is taken in definition; with comprise can could setting member with respect to writing of sliding of above-mentioned adapter main body write protection mechanism; with the portion of terminal that is configured on the above-mentioned adapter main body; the portion of terminal that is electrically connected with the portion of terminal of said memory card when promptly forming in said memory card is accommodated in above-mentioned adapter main body; above-mentioned write protection mechanism according to above-mentioned write could setting member the position set and can write data to said memory card; thus, can reach above-mentioned purpose.

Also can be as follows, on the side of above-mentioned adapter main body, be formed with notch, above-mentioned writing could be disposed in the mode of choosing one in the 1st position and the 2nd position wantonly by setting member, on above-mentioned the 1st position, above-mentioned write could setting member a part cover the part of above-mentioned notch, on above-mentioned the 2nd position, above-mentioned write could setting member an above-mentioned part cover another part of above-mentioned notch.

Above-mentioned write protection mechanism also can form from the side of a side of above-mentioned adapter main body outstanding to the volume inside of above-mentioned adapter main body.

Can also be as follows, the portion of terminal of said memory card contains N terminal, the portion of terminal of above-mentioned adapter contains M the terminal that lacks than N, the portion of terminal of above-mentioned adapter forms: in the time of in said memory card is received into above-mentioned adapter main body, M terminal of the regulation in N the terminal that is comprised in the portion of terminal of said memory card contacts respectively on M the terminal that is comprised in the portion of terminal of above-mentioned adapter.

Also can be as follows, be provided with end difference in the inside of above-mentioned adapter main body, above-mentioned end difference forms: can be fitted on the guides at least a portion of side of the both sides that are arranged at said memory card.

Above-mentioned adapter main body also can form: the part of said memory card is exposed from above-mentioned adapter main body in the time of in said memory card is accommodated in above-mentioned adapter main body.

Storage card of the present invention; be to constitute the storage card that can be received in the adapter; above-mentioned adapter has the adapter main body that the space of said memory card is taken in definition; with set can to said memory card write data write protection mechanism; above-mentioned write protection mechanism forms from the side of a side of above-mentioned adapter main body outstanding to the inner space of above-mentioned adapter main body; said memory card has and can write memory of data portion and the portion of terminal that is electrically connected on the above-mentioned memory section; on the side of a side of said memory card, be formed with notch; shape with the above-mentioned write protection mechanism that meets above-mentioned adapter; thus, can reach above-mentioned purpose.

Also can be as follows, at least a portion of the side of the both sides of said memory card, be provided with guides, above-mentioned guides forms: can be entrenched on the end difference that is formed in the above-mentioned adapter main body inside.

Also can be as follows, at least a portion at least one side of the inner side of above-mentioned adapter main body, be provided with protuberance, at least one side of the side, both sides of said memory card forms and can be entrenched on the raised part.

Also can be as follows, above-mentioned adapter main body forms: in the time of in said memory card is accommodated in above-mentioned adapter main body, the part of said memory card is exposed from above-mentioned adapter main body; On the part of the above-mentioned storage card that exposes, be provided with groove.

Memory card module of the present invention is that the outer shape that has storage card is converted to the adapter of the outer shape in the storage card insertion section that can be inserted into particular machine and the memory card module of said memory card; above-mentioned adapter has: the adapter main body in the space of said memory card is taken in definition; with comprise can could setting member with respect to writing of sliding of above-mentioned adapter main body write protection mechanism; with the portion of terminal that is configured on the above-mentioned adapter main body; the portion of terminal that is electrically connected with the portion of terminal of said memory card when promptly forming in said memory card is received into above-mentioned adapter main body; above-mentioned write protection mechanism according to above-mentioned write could setting member the position set and can write data to said memory card; being received into said memory card in the above-mentioned adapter main body has and can write memory of data portion and be electrically connected to portion of terminal on the above-mentioned memory section; on the side of a side of said memory card, be formed with notch; shape with the above-mentioned write protection mechanism that meets above-mentioned adapter; thus, can reach above-mentioned purpose.

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Figure 1A is the figure of formation of the adapter 100 of expression embodiments of the present invention.

Figure 1B is the figure of the inside of expression adapter main body 20.

Fig. 2 is the cross section of expression adapter 100 and the figure of storage card 200.

Fig. 3 is the figure that expression comprises the details that writes write protection mechanism that could setting member 28.

Fig. 4 is the figure that expression comprises the cross section that writes write protection mechanism that could setting member 28.

Fig. 5 A is the figure that expression writes the state in the left side that could setting member 28 have covered notch 27.

Fig. 5 B is the figure that expression writes the state on the right side that could setting member 28 have covered notch 27.

Fig. 6 A is the figure in front of the storage card 200 of expression embodiments of the present invention.

Fig. 6 B is the figure of contact terminal side side of the storage card 200 of expression embodiments of the present invention.

Fig. 6 C is expression and the figure of contact terminal side side thereof opposite one side of the storage card 200 of embodiments of the present invention.

Fig. 6 D is the figure of left lateral sides of the storage card 200 of expression embodiments of the present invention.

Fig. 6 E is the figure of side, right side of the storage card 200 of expression embodiments of the present invention.

Fig. 7 is the figure that the inside of expression storage card 200 constitutes.

Fig. 8 is the figure in the cross section of expression storage card 200.

Fig. 9 is the figure that the circuit of expression storage card 200 constitutes.

Figure 10 A is the figure of formation that expression comprises the memory card module 300 of adapter 100 and storage card 200.

Figure 10 B is the figure of expression along the A-A cross section of the A-A shown in Figure 10 A.

Figure 10 C is the figure of expression along the B-B cross section of the B-B shown in Figure 10 A.

Figure 10 D is the figure of expression along the C-C cross section of the C-C shown in Figure 10 A.

The figure that Figure 11 amplifies zero E shown in Figure 10 B.

Figure 12 is the figure of formation of the storage card 400 of expression prior art.

Embodiment

Below, with reference to the description of drawings embodiments of the present invention.

1, adapter

Figure 1A represents the formation of the adapter 100 of embodiments of the present invention.Adapter 100 is converted to the outer shape of storage card 200 of the present invention the outer shape that can be inserted into corresponding in the storage card insertion section of the machine of the storage card 400 of prior art.The details of storage card 200 of the present invention illustrates in the back.

Adapter 100 comprises: adapter main body 20, contact terminal 22 and be included in the write protection mechanism write could setting member 28.

On the side of adapter main body 20, be formed with notch 23.Owing to be formed with notch 23, broadcast in the storage card insertion section corresponding to the machine of storage card 400 so can prevent adapter 100 by mistake.

On adapter main body 20, also be formed with: notch 21, protuberance 24a, end difference 24b, a plurality of flank 25a, recess 26 and notch 27.

Notch 21 forms: in the time of in storage card 200 is accommodated in adapter main body 100, the part of storage card 200 is exposed from adapter main body 20.

Protuberance 24a width is narrower than adapter main body 20, and thickness is thicker than it.End difference 24b is formed on the side, both sides of adapter main body 20.The thickness of end difference 24b is thickness D.End difference 24b forms: be entrenched in and be formed at corresponding on the end difference in the inside of the storage card insertion section of the machine of storage card 400.In the time of in the storage card insertion section of the machine that adapter 100 is inserted into corresponding stored card 400, the end difference in the inside of the storage card insertion section of the machine of the storage card 400 by being formed at corresponding prior art is guided end difference 24b.Between a plurality of flank 25a, be formed with slit 25b.

Recess 26 is formed on the side of a side of adapter main body 20, on the protuberance in the inside of the storage card insertion section that can be entrenched in the machine that is formed at corresponding stored card 400.Because recess 26 is entrenched on this protuberance, so prevent to break away from the storage card insertion section of the easy machine from corresponding stored card 400 of adapter 100.

Notch 27 is formed on the side of a side of adapter main body 20.The side that is formed with notch 27 is the side with the side thereof opposite that is formed with recess 26.

Write and to be entrenched in the notch 27 by setting member 28, sliding with respect to adapter main body 20.Write could setting member 28 the lateral surface that forms with adapter main body 20 of lateral surface become roughly same.For comprising the detailed situation that writes write protection mechanism that could setting member 28, explanation in the back.

Contact terminal 22 is configured on the adapter main body 20.Contact terminal 22 forms: in the time of in adapter 100 is inserted into corresponding to the storage card insertion section of the machine of storage card 400, be electrically connected on the portion of terminal corresponding to the machine of storage card 400.Contact terminal 22 is from being exposed to the outside of adapter 100 between a plurality of muscle 25b.Contact terminal 22 comprises 9 terminals (terminal 22a~terminal 22d and terminal 22g~terminal 22k), for the details of 9 terminals (terminal 22a~terminal 22d and terminal 22g~terminal 22k), explanation in the back.

The outer shape of adapter 100, except notch 21, the outer shape of all the other and storage card 400 is roughly the same.

Figure 1B represents the inside of adapter main body 20.

Incorporating section 29 is the spaces of taking in storage card 200 by adapter main body 20 definition.Incorporating section 29 is the spaces that meet the outer shape of storage card 200.

In the inside of adapter main body 20, be provided with teat 30, end difference 31a, end difference 31b and contact terminal 32.

Teat 30 expression write protection mechanisms, this write protection mechanism forms from the side of a side of adapter main body 20 and is projected into the volume inside of adapter main body 20.End difference 31a and 31b form: can be fitted on the guides that is arranged on the storage card.

Contact terminal 32 comprises 9 terminals (terminal 32a~terminal 32d and terminal 32g~terminal 32k), for the details of 9 terminals (terminal 32a~terminal 32d and terminal 32g~terminal 32k), explanation in the back.

Fig. 2 represents the cross section and the storage card 200 of adapter 100.

The contact terminal 42 that is comprised in contact terminal 22 and the storage card 400 similarly forms.In the time of in adapter 100 has been inserted into corresponding to the storage card insertion section of the machine of storage card 400, contact terminal 22 is electrically connected with portion of terminal corresponding to the machine of storage card 400.Contact terminal 22 comprises 9 terminals (terminal 22a~terminal 22d and terminal 22g~terminal 22k).

When storage card 200 had been inserted in the adapter main body 20, the contact terminal 5 that is comprised in contact terminal 32 and the storage card 200 was electrically connected.Contact terminal 5 comprises 11 terminals (5a~5k).Contact terminal 32 comprises 9 terminals (terminal 32a~terminal 32d and terminal 32g~terminal 32k).Can be with terminal 32a~terminal 32d and terminal 32g~terminal 32k with (ways of connecting of terminal 5a~5d and terminal 5g~5k) is set the interval of 9 terminals (terminal 32a~terminal 32d and terminal 32g~terminal 32k) except 9 terminals of terminal 5e and terminal 5f.

Terminal 32a as an end of 1 metal terminal, terminal 22a as another end of 1 butt and work.Below similarly, terminal 32x as an end of 1 butt, terminal 22x as another end of 1 butt and work (but, x=b, c, d, g, h, i, j, k).

In addition, the number of terminals that is not limited to be comprised in the portion of terminal of storage card 200 is that the number of terminals that comprised among 11, the portion of terminal of adapter 100 is 9 a situation.As long as the portion of terminal of adapter forms: in the time of in storage card has been received into adapter main body, M terminal of the regulation in N the terminal that is comprised in the portion of terminal of storage card respectively with the portion of terminal of adapter in M termination contact being comprised, the portion of terminal of storage card comprises N terminal, and the portion of terminal of adapter comprises also more passable than N M terminal that lacks.

Be inserted in the adapter main body 20 at storage card 200, adapter 100 be inserted into corresponding to the storage card insertion section of the machine of storage card 400 in the time, the contact terminal 5 that is comprised in the storage card 200 is not via special change-over circuit but be connected on the portion of terminal corresponding to the machine of storage card 400 via these metal terminals.

In addition, also can comprise elastic metallic part 39 in the adapter 100.Elastic metallic part 39 is embedded on the side of adapter main body 20, in the recess 10a that is fastened on storage card 200.For the details of the recess 10a of storage card 200, explanation in the back.

Fig. 3 represents to comprise the details that writes write protection mechanism that could setting member 28.

Can could setting member 28 with respect to writing of sliding of adapter main body 20, form by operating portion 28a, removal stop section 28b, sliding contacting part 28c.Operating portion 28a be used for by manually make write could setting member the 28 slip handles that slide.Sliding contacting part 28c binding operating portion 28a contacts with removal stop section 28b and with elastic guide device 33 and slides.On elastic guide device 33, be formed with protuberance 33a.

Fig. 4 represents to comprise the cross section that writes write protection mechanism that could setting member 28.

On the 20a of the bottom of adapter main body 20, be formed with groove 35.Between the top of adapter main body 20 20b and elastic guide device 33, be formed with groove 34.Removal stop section 28b is entrenched in groove 34 and the groove 35 slidably.

On elastic guide device 33, in the substantial middle portion of elastic guide device 33, be formed with protuberance 33a.The function of protuberance 33a be as be used to card only write could setting member 28 with respect to the holding section of the sliding position of elastic guide device 33.Sliding contacting part 28c crosses protuberance 33a and blocks only on a side of notch 27.By protuberance 33a, make write can write when pressing sensation when could setting member 28 sliding could setting member 28 card only.By changing the outstanding size of protuberance 33a, can adjust and press sensation.

Write and to be configured to by setting member 28: choose in the 1st position and the 2nd position wantonly.On the 1st position, write could setting member 28 a part cover the part of notch 27.On the 2nd position, write could setting member 28 a part cover another part of notch 27.Be used to change the operation that writes position that could setting member 28, by pinching operating portion 28a with finger, operating portion 28a being horizontally slipped carry out.Write protection mechanism according to write could setting member 28 the position set and can write data to semiconductor memory.Write protection mechanism can according to write could setting member 28 the position mechanically set and can write data to storage card.

Fig. 5 A represents to write the state that could setting member 28 have covered the left side of notch 27.

Write and could slide left by setting member 28 by making, sliding contacting part 28c crosses the protuberance 33a of elastic guide device 33.Write could setting member 28 left sides that cover notchs 27.

Fig. 5 B represents to write the state that could setting member 28 have covered the right side of notch 27.

Write and could slide to the right by setting member 28 by making, sliding contacting part 28c crosses the protuberance 33a of elastic guide device 33.Write could setting member 28 right sides that cover notchs 27.

By visual which side that could setting member 28 be covered with notch 27 that writes, can differentiate and to write data.

By on two bights of operating portion 28a, being formed with end difference 28d, can between the top of adapter main body 20 20b and operating portion 28a, form small recess.By small recess, can easily block and end finger or nail.

In the example shown in Figure 1A and Figure 1B; adapter main body 20 works as " adapter main body in the space of storage card is taken in definition "; notch 27 could setting member 28 works as " comprise can could setting member with respect to writing of sliding of adapter main body write protection mechanism " with writing, and contact terminal 22 is configured in the portion of terminal on the adapter main body, the portion of terminal that is electrically connected with the portion of terminal of storage card when promptly forming in storage card is accommodated in adapter main body with contact terminal 32 conducts " work.But adapter 100 is not limited to the adapter shown in Figure 1A and Figure 1B.As long as adapter 100 has the function of each part mentioned above, can have formation arbitrarily.

According to adapter of the present invention, write protection mechanism according to write could setting member the position set and can write data to storage card.Thereby, can mechanically set and can write data to storage card.As a result, can electrically not set and to write data to storage card and change the outer shape of storage card.

2, storage card

Fig. 6 A represents the front of the storage card 200 of embodiments of the present invention.

Storage card 200 comprises basket 1 and contact terminal 5.Basket 1 comprises lower face side basket 2 and upper surface side basket 3 (with reference to Fig. 8).

Contact terminal 5 is electrically connected with the connecting portion of the machine of this regulation when storage card 200 is inserted in the machine of regulation.Contact terminal 5 comprises 11 terminals (terminal 5a~5k).Contact terminal 5 be arranged on storage card 200 front edge 1a near, and be configured on the substrate 4 (with reference to Fig. 8) of the face more downward slightly than the planar portions surface of storage card 200.Contact terminal 5 utilizes the 2a of window portion on the front that is formed at lower face side basket 2 to expose.

In 11 terminals of terminal 5a~5k, 9 terminals except terminal 5e, 5f have contact terminal 42 identical functions with storage card 400.Terminal 5e and terminal 5f are storage card 400 unexistent expanded function terminals.

Expanded function is terminal 5e and terminal 5f and terminal 5a~terminal 5d, terminal 5g~terminal 5k and expansion LSI8 collaborative work with terminal, carries out the expanded function action of storage card 200 described later.

On the side of a side of storage card 200, be formed with notch 9, with the shape of the write protection mechanism that meets adapter 100.Notch 9 forms: front edge 1a is short and front edge 1a deflection opposite side edge than back edge 1b.

On storage card 200, be formed with: notch 9, recess 10a, recess 10b, guides 11a, guides 11b and groove 12.

Notch 9 can provide mispluging into detection of storage card 200.Notch 9 is formed on the leading section of storage card 200.In the time will oppositely being inserted into storage card 200 in the adapter 100, there are not low the connecing of teat 30 of bight and the inside that is arranged on adapter main body 20 of the leading section of notch 9, can not be inserted into reliably in the adapter 100.

Recess 10a and recess 10b form: can be fastened on the elastic metallic part 39, this elastic metallic part 39 has the protuberance on the inner side that is arranged on adapter main body 20.Elastic metallic part 39 is embedded on the side of adapter main body 20.When storage card 200 was inserted in the inside of adapter main body 20, corresponding concave part 10a or recess 10b engaged with elastic metallic part 39, have kept the insertion state.

Guides 11a and guides 11b are arranged on the leading section of side, both sides of storage card 200.Guides 11a forms: can be entrenched on the end difference 31a in the inside that is formed at adapter main body 20.Guides 11b forms: can be entrenched on the end difference 31b in the inside that is formed at adapter main body 20.The function of guides 11a and guides 11b is: storage card 200 is pressed against on the contact terminal 32 of adapter 100.

When storage card 200 was inserted in the inside of adapter main body 20, guides 11a and end difference 31a were chimeric, and guides 11b and end difference 31b are chimeric.Storage card 200 is guided in the mode that contact terminal 5 contacts reliably on contact terminal 32.

Groove 12 is formed on the part of storage card, and the part of this storage card is exposed from adapter main body 20 in storage card 200 is accommodated in adapter main body 20 time.For example, groove 12 is formed near the surface of upper surface side basket 3 of, storage card 200 of back edge 1b.

When storage card 200 is inserted in the inside of adapter main body 20, the nail of finger can be hooked on the groove 12, so that storage card 200 is extracted from adapter main body 20.

In addition, the part that is formed with otch 9 is not limited to the leading section of storage card 200.As long as avoid adapter 100 write protection mechanism be formed on the storage card 200.

In addition, the part of guides 11a and guides 11b is set, is not limited to the leading section of the side, both sides of storage card 200.As long as the function of guides 11a and 11b is for to press against storage card 200 on the contact terminal 32 of adapter 100, the part that guides 11a and guides 11b then are set is that at least a portion of side, both sides of storage card 200 is just passable.

In storage card of the present invention, on the side of a side of storage card, be formed with notch, with the shape of the write protection mechanism that meets adapter.Thereby storage card of the present invention is accommodated in the adapter in the mode of avoiding write protection mechanism, and this write protection mechanism forms: outstanding to the volume inside of adapter main body from the side of a side of adapter main body.As a result, storage card of the present invention is accommodated in the adapter reliably.

Fig. 6 B represents the contact terminal side side of the storage card 200 of embodiments of the present invention.Fig. 6 C represents the opposite side of contact terminal side side of the storage card 200 of embodiments of the present invention.Fig. 6 D represents the left lateral sides of the storage card 200 of embodiments of the present invention.Fig. 6 E represents the side, right side of the storage card 200 of embodiments of the present invention.

Fig. 7 represents the formation of the inside of storage card 200.

Storage card 200 also comprises: the controller of substrate 4, the semiconductor memory 6 that is made of short-access storage etc., storage card 200 is with LSI7 and contain the expansion LSI8 of expanded function circuit.Contact terminal 5, semiconductor memory 6, controller are installed on the substrate 4 by soldering etc. with LSI7, expansion LSI8.Contact terminal 5, semiconductor memory 6, controller interconnect by distribution with LSI7, expansion LSI8.Substrate 4 constitutes for multilayer.In addition, according to the needs that circuit constitutes, other chip part is installed also.

Fig. 8 represents the cross section of storage card 200.

Constitute the basket of storage card 200 by lower face side basket 2 and upper surface side basket 3, be formed on the side wall portion 2b of the convex tendon shape on the peripheral edge portion of lower face side basket 2 and be formed on the side wall portion 3a of the convex tendon shape on the peripheral edge portion of upper surface side basket 3 affixed by bonding agent or welding etc.Substrate 4 is bonded on the inside surface of lower face side basket 2.

The contact terminal 5 that is configured on the substrate 4 of the face opposite with semiconductor memory 6 installed surfaces exposes from the 2a of window portion that forms at lower face side basket 2.

Fig. 9 represents that the circuit of storage card 200 constitutes.

Storage card 200 also comprises: storer 13, controller 14, authentication circuit 15, interface circuit 16 and electronic cards function portion 17.

Storer 13 is included in the semiconductor memory 6.Storer 13 comprises: non-volatile data storage portion and can random-access storage part, wherein, data store is made of short-access storage etc., can read, write, wipe, even and outage also keep memory contents.

Controller 14 is included in controller with among the LSI7.Controller 14 carries out the access control of reading, write, wiping etc. to the data store of storer 13.

Authentication circuit 15 is via controller 14 and be equipped with and implement authentication mutually between the machine of this storage card, and with this result notification controller 14.

Interface circuit 16 is configured between contact terminal 5 and the controller 14, carries out the input and output of data and control signal.

Electronic cards function portion 17 carries out that electronics is checked out etc.By controller 14 control electronic cards function portions 17.

The contact terminal 5 that is connected on the interface circuit 16 is divided into terminal group 5m and terminal group 5n, and terminal group 5n comprises expanded function terminal 5e and expanded function terminal 5f, and terminal group m comprises other 9 terminals.

The function of terminal group 5m is as the terminal that has with specific memory card identical functions.At this moment, controller 14 allows the field of authentication of machine in being present in storer 13 to conduct interviews according to by authentication circuit 15 mutual authentication result.

Storage card 200 has the function as the semiconductor memory card of the copyright protection that is suitable for data, and the formation of storage card 200 and function are identical with storage card 400.

By electronic cards function portion 17 and terminal group 5n, storage card 200 also has the electronic cards function as expanded function on the function of storage card 400.

By being provided with expanded function, make the input and output of information alone become possibility as the interface that is used for electronic cards function portion 17 with terminal 5e and expanded function terminal 5f.As its function, has no-contact electronic card function.By this formation, even to storage card 1 power supply, also have the information of can carrying out storage, read, the function of authentication etc.

For example, when using storage card 200 when non-contacting electronic cards is checked out, the expanded function that is connected to terminal group 5n, is machine that storage card 200 has been installed, is arranged on unitor or antenna on the carriage with the object on the terminal 5f with terminal 5e and expanded function.Be received in the data-signal that the master machine side is sent by this unitor or antenna, from the signal that receives, obtain necessary information, and handle necessary information by electronic cards function portion 17.Unitor or antenna carry out the transmission and the reception of data-signal non-contactly between master machine side and storage card 200.

By electronic cards function portion 17 being set on storage card 200 and via the terminal group 5m signal that transmits and receive data, storage card 200 has contact-type electronic card function.Carry out the input and output of data by controller 14 control electronic cards function portions 17 and via terminal group 5m, with storage card 200 multifunction or compoundization, thereby storage card 200 can be corresponding the expanded function of electronic cards function portion 17.

In as Fig. 6 A and embodiment shown in Figure 7, in the machine that can be inserted into regulation and the function of the semiconductor memory 6 that is comprised in the storage card 200 that uses is as " can write memory of data portion ", the function of contact terminal 5 is as " being electrically connected to the portion of terminal on the memory section ", and the function of notch 9 is as " protecting the notch that the mode of the shape of expansion mechanism forms to meet writing of adapter ".But storage card 200 is not limited to Fig. 6 A and storage card shown in Figure 7.As long as storage card 200 has the function of each part mentioned above, can have arbitrarily to constitute.

3, memory card module

Figure 10 A represents to comprise the formation of the memory card module 300 of adapter 100 and storage card 200.

Figure 10 B represents along the A-A cross section of the A-A shown in Figure 10 A.Figure 10 C represents along the B-B cross section of the B-B shown in Figure 10 A.Figure 10 D represents along the C-C cross section of the C-C shown in Figure 10 A.

When being inserted into storage card 200 in the adapter main body 20, by 29 insertion mouth is inserted into inner end from the incorporating section with storage card 200, adapter 100 becomes one with storage card 200.Under the state that storage card 200 is inserted in the adapter main body 20, can be inserted in the storage card insertion section corresponding to the machine of storage card 400, also can carry out the input and output of data.

When having adopted memory card module 300, although storage card 200 has expanded function, also can be by utilizing the terminal except expanded function usefulness terminal 5e and expanded function usefulness terminal 5f of storage card 200, carry out moving with storage card 400 identical functions, and can any influence not arranged to its expansion, and needn't on adapter main body 20, have change-over circuit, thereby has interchangeability.

When storage card 200 was inserted in the adapter main body 20, near the groove 12 that is formed at the back edge of storage card 200 exposed from the notch 21 of the ingress edge portion that is formed on incorporating section 29.Thereby, can easily storage card 200 be taken out from adapter main body 20.

In addition, as described above, also can in adapter 100, include elastic metallic part 39.Elastic metallic part 39 is embedded on the side of adapter main body 20, on the recess 10a that is fastened on storage card 200.

Storage card 200 is the storage card that always can rewrite when using separately.But, when using memory card module 300, by by write could setting member 28 slip set and can write, can be set at the state that can not write.In memory card module 300 being inserted into and when using corresponding to the storage card insertion section of the machine of storage card 400, can be easily and protect the data that write in the storage card 200 reliably.

More than, understand (1, adapter), (2, storage card), (3, memory card module) in detail.

Below, the slit of adapter main body 20 and storage card 200 is described.

Figure 11 is the figure that zero E shown in Figure 10 B is amplified.

In Figure 11, the length A of the thickness of expression adapter main body 20 is 2.1mm, and the length A 1 of the thickness of the end difference of expression adapter main body 20 is 1.4mm, the length A 2 of the thickness of the protuberance of expression adapter main body 20 is 0.7mm, the length B of the thickness of expression storage card 200 is 1.4mm, the length D1 of the thickness of the bottom wall 37 of expression adapter main body 20 is 0.2mm, the length D2 of the thickness of the top wall 38 of expression adapter main body 20 is 0.2mm, the length H1 in the inside surface of the bottom wall 37 of expression adapter main body 20 and the slit of storage card 200 is 0.2mm~1.5mm, and the length H2 in the inside surface of the top wall 38 of expression adapter main body 20 and the slit of storage card 200 is 0.1mm~1.5mm.

When not forming guides 11a on storage card 200, storage card 200 is because of the be under pressure pushing of P1 of terminal 32, and top wall 38 is urged on storage card 200, has therefore produced the problem that the top wall 38 of the thickness with length D2 deforms.In addition, its result has also produced the problem that can not keep the normal contact pressure of terminal 32.

When being formed with guides 11a on storage card 200, even the contact pressure P1 of contact terminal 32 acts on the storage card 200, storage card 200 does not push top wall 38 yet.Be because the end difference 31a supporting of the end difference 11a suspension adapter main body 20 of storage card 200 has length H2.Therefore, can prevent that top wall 38 from producing distortion.In addition, its result also can keep the normal contact pressure of terminal 32.

The condition of the end difference 31a supporting of the end difference 11a suspension adapter 20 of storage card 200 is, poor (A-B) of the length A of the thickness of the length B of the thickness of expression storage card 200 and expression adapter main body 20, length (D1+D2) with the total of the thickness of two planar portions of expression adapter basket has following relation of plane.

(A-B)-(D1+D2)=H1+H2

Length H2 is identical with length H1 also passable.In addition, length D1 and length D2 can change.But length A, length A 1, length A 2 and length B are by the specification decision of storage card, so can not change.

As described above, the present invention that the use preferred embodiment of the present invention has been come illustration, but explanation of the present invention is not limited to this embodiment.What need understand is: the present invention only explains its scope by the scope of claim.What need understand is: industry personnel can implement in full scope of equivalents according to explanation of the present invention and technology general knowledge.What need to understand is: the patent of quoting in this manual, patented claim and document, and its content itself is identical with described in this manual content, and its content conduct is quoted the reference of this instructions.

The possibility of industrial application

According to adapter of the present invention, write protection mechanism according to write could setting member can set to the storage card data writing in the position. Can mechanically set thus, to the storage card data writing. As a result, can electrically set external shape from storage card to the storage card data writing that to change.

According to storage card of the present invention, be formed with notch in the side of a side of storage card, with the shape of the write protection mechanism that meets adapter. Therefore, storage card of the present invention can be accommodated in the adapter to avoid write protection mechanism, and this write protection mechanism forms: be projected into the inner space of adapter main body from the side of a side of adapter main body. And then when wanting oppositely to be inserted into storage card of the present invention in the adapter, storage card can not be avoided write protection mechanism. Therefore, can prevent that the storage card mistake is inserted in the adapter.

Claims (11)

1. an adapter is the adapter that the outer shape of storage card is converted to the outer shape in the storage card insertion section that can be inserted into the particular type device, includes:
The adapter main body in the space of described storage card is taken in definition,
Comprise can be described relatively writing of sliding of adapter main body could setting member write protection mechanism, so that the permission that writes/forbid to be set in storage card, and
Be configured in the portion of terminal on the described adapter main body, the portion of terminal that is electrically connected with the portion of terminal of described storage card when promptly forming in described storage card is accommodated in described adapter main body,
The portion of terminal of wherein said adapter is formed by a metal terminal, this metal terminal has the end that is positioned at a side and electrically connects with the insertion section with the particular type device, wherein adapter is inserted in this device, and on the opposite side that is positioned at the storage card storage space and with corresponding the other end, the end of a side, be contained in described adapter main body in be in the portion of terminal that storage card inserts the storage card of state and be connected;
Can the said write protection mechanism be set and be write data to described storage card according to the position that said write could setting member.
2. adapter as claimed in claim 1 is formed with notch on the side of described adapter main body,
Said write could dispose in the mode of choosing one in the 1st position and the 2nd position wantonly by setting member,
On described the 1st position, the part that said write could setting member covers the part of described notch,
On described the 2nd position, the part that said write could setting member covers another part of described notch.
3. adapter as claimed in claim 1, said write protection mechanism form from the side of a side of described adapter main body and are projected into the inner space of described adapter main body.
4. adapter as claimed in claim 1, the portion of terminal of described storage card comprise N terminal, and the portion of terminal of described adapter contains M the terminal that lacks than N,
The portion of terminal of described adapter forms: in the time of in described storage card is accommodated in described adapter main body, M terminal of the regulation among N the portion of terminal that is comprised in the portion of terminal of described storage card contacts respectively on M the terminal that is comprised in the portion of terminal of described adapter.
5. adapter as claimed in claim 1 is provided with end difference in the inside of described adapter main body, and described end difference forms: can be entrenched in the guides at least a portion of the side, both sides that is arranged at described storage card.
6. adapter as claimed in claim 1, described adapter main body forms: in the time of in described storage card is accommodated in described adapter main body, the part of described storage card is exposed from described adapter main body.
7. a storage card is to constitute the storage card that can be accommodated in the adapter, wherein
Described adapter is an adapter that is attached to storage card, thereby it can be inserted in the storage card insertion section of particular type device to change outer shape, and this adapter includes:
The adapter main body in the space of described storage card is taken in definition;
Can write the write protection mechanism of data with respect to the setting that adapter main body slides to described storage card; And
The portion of terminal that is positioned at this adapter main body and forms by a metal terminal, this metal terminal has the end that is positioned at a side and electrically connects with the insertion section with the particular type device, wherein adapter is inserted in this device, and on the opposite side that is positioned at the storage card storage space and with corresponding the other end, the end of a side, this portion of terminal is configured to when storage card stores at adapter main body and the portion of terminal of storage card electrically connects;
Wherein said storage card includes:
Can write memory of data portion,
With the portion of terminal that is connected electrically on the described memory section, this portion of terminal is configured the terminal in the storage card storage space that can electrically contact the portion of terminal that is located at adapter.
8. storage card as claimed in claim 7, at least a portion of the side, both sides of described storage card is provided with guides, and described guides forms: can be entrenched on the end difference in the inside that is formed at described adapter main body.
9. storage card as claimed in claim 7, at least a portion of at least one side of the inner side of described adapter main body is provided with protuberance, can make this at least one side be entrenched on the described protuberance thereby at least one side of the side of the both sides of described storage card is formed with recess.
10. storage card as claimed in claim 7, described adapter main body forms: in the time of in described storage card is accommodated in described adapter main body, the part of described storage card is exposed from described adapter main body; On the part of the described storage card that exposes, be provided with groove.
11. a memory card module is that the outer shape that has storage card is converted to the adapter of the outer shape in the storage card insertion section that can be inserted into the particular type device and the memory card module of described storage card,
Described adapter has:
The adapter main body in the space of described storage card is taken in definition,
With writing of comprising that can be relative described adapter main body slides could setting member write protection mechanism,
Be configured in the portion of terminal on the described adapter main body, the portion of terminal that is electrically connected with the portion of terminal of described storage card when promptly forming in described storage card is accommodated in described adapter main body,
Can the said write protection mechanism be set and be write data to described storage card according to the position that said write could setting member,
The described storage card that is accommodated in the described adapter main body has:
Can write memory of data portion,
With the portion of terminal that is connected electrically on the described memory section,
On the side of a side of described storage card, be formed with notch, with the shape of the said write protection mechanism that meets described adapter.
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